P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI - HotHardware

P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI

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Motherboards are arguably one of the more difficult PC component to shop for. The magnitude of choices available can make the shopping experience confusing and frustrating. Take for example Intel's heralded Sandy Bridge line of processors and the Cougar Point chipset used on a wide variety of motherboards. A popular online e-tailor, Newegg.com, offers no less than 151 motherboards at this point based on Intel's Socket LGA 1155. So how exactly should you go about choosing the perfect board for your build? The answer to that question will inevitably be different for each consumer, but read on and we'll try to point you in the right direction.




In order to assist you in your decision making process, we've gathered five of the latest P67 motherboards from several of the big name manufacturers in the industry. Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock submitted mid-range models in the $179 - $267 price range, and we did our due diligence in order to provide you with the information you'll need to differentiate among them.

P67 Motherboards Go Head-To-Head
Here We Go!

  ASRock Fatal1ty Professional
$219

Asus P8P67 Pro
$174
  Asus P8P67 WS Revolution
 $259
  Gigabyte P67A-UD5
 $263
  MSI P67A-GD80
 $229


Although we've corralled a decent number of boards for this article, we aren't even close to the number of models you can actually find between $174 - $263. Due to the extensive number of offerings from each company at numerous price points, there are quite a few P67 boards from Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte, and MSI that also fall within the price range we're looking at. Looking through the catalog of a major e-tailor reveals that Asus offers five, Gigabyte provides two, ASRock furnishes two, and MSI presents two as well. And that's not counting the H67 or Z68 boards that support the same LGA 1155 socket. But consider this round-up a sample of what's available on the market, and keep in mind that moving $20 up or down the price range will sometimes lead you to a distinctly different model, with dissimilar features. With that said, let's take a closer look at each motherboard to see what sets them apart from the competition.

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I enjoyed the round-up a lot, but isn't the Z68 chipset the way to go? What have these got over that newer, more fully featured, chipset?

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@fefzero I'm assuming it takes a long time to test these boards especially in a round up and not just a single board review. I agree, z68 is the way to go but I dont think it's been out long enough for them to pick and choose which boards are good enough to make a round up. I'm sure we will see a z68 round up soon.

This was a very good read, thanks Mathew. I still love the ASRock board, I wish it had been higher on your list; it actually got editors choice on legitreviews.com. Any board on this list would be an awesome choice.

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ASUS has impressed me with their recent AMD 900+ boards so I can't say I'm surprised it was one of their boards that took Editor's Choice. Thanks for the review and benchmarks.

I agree with you Drake the Fatal1ty does catch the eye and sports some good features while being in the middle of this price range.

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I guess I've been a huge fan ever since @realneil was talking about some of the features when it was first released. Check out the features video of it, the dual lan teaming, gaming mouse port, and overall look for the price had me sold from day one.

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgulNWDFhfc&feature=player_detailpage]

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ASUS has impressed me with their recent AMD 900+ boards so I can't say I'm surprised it was one of their boards that took Editor's Choice. Thanks for the review and benchmarks.

I agree with you Drake, the Fatal1ty catches the eye and sports some good features while being in the middle of this price range.

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Hum take more power and better performance or an overall one? :D

Thanks for the round up :)

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Great review. Can't wait for the Z68 chipset boards to have this kind of review. The nice thing is you can pretty much go with any one of these boards and have a wicked system. I love ASUS boards but have been pretty impressed with what ASrock is putting out though I did hear that ASUS owns them.

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Great review! I'm glad I got an ASUS myself.

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msi still impresses me, agreed - I can't wait for the z68 roundup.

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Another great review and I agree that ASRock board looks sweet.

Just wonder why they went with the ribbon cable as that technology is long in the tooth, and to impede airflow and obstruct such a beautiful board I don' t understand.

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